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5 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Developing Varicose Veins While Pregnant

By Devan McGuinness |

5 Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Developing Varicose Veins While PregnantThere are some pregnancy symptoms that we know are likely to happen. They are the ones that get the most attention because they are that common and include morning sickness, fatigue and of course, those food cravings!

Some symptoms can be more annoying than dangerous and some are painful and others symptoms can be debilitating. Varicose veins is one symptom of pregnancy that is not likely to be dangerous, but definitely could become painful, annoying and for some, debilitating.

Varicose veins are swollen veins that may bulge near the surface of the skin often times showing up on the legs, but can also get them on your vulva and well, hemorrhoids are technically varicose veins too. The good thing though, they are not likely to cause you or your baby any harm, but they can be uncomfortable.

Click through to find out 5 ways you can reduce your chances of developing varicose veins while pregnant:

1) Elevate Your Legs When You Can:  It helps to keep the blood circulating — reducing your chances of developing both varicose veins and spider veins. If you don’t get a lot of chances to put up your feet, move your legs around and twist your ankles every so often.

2) Get Your Fitness On: Exercise can increase your blood flow and will reduce your risks, plus it’s good anyway during pregnancy to stay active.

3) Stay Well Hydrated: Water is good for you in pregnancy and it’s good for your blood too. With the extra blood pumping thanks to growing your baby, it’s even more important for both your health and your vein’s health.

4) Wear Well-Fitting Clothes: Binding clothes that restrict circulation like tight belts, socks and high heals. It can restrict the flow of blood and increase your risks. What you may find helpful though is some support hose specifically for varicose veins. They counteract the pressure and give an “upward push” to your legs.

5) Keep Your Weight Gain In Check: Keeping within the recommended weight gain can help reduce the risks of varicose veins. The added weight puts pressure on your veins and your whole circulatory system.

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About Devan McGuinness


Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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